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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The women of Thebes pray to the gods to remember their faithfulness and protect them so they can continue to do what?
(a) Worship.
(b) Provide for their family.
(c) Work.
(d) Raise children.

2. What is the name of the prophet that has foreseen the armies of Argos attacking Thebes soon?
(a) Eteocles.
(b) Teiresias.
(c) The Oracle.
(d) The Fury.

3. When Oedipus' crimes are revealed, what happens to Jocasta?
(a) She is murdered.
(b) She commits suicide.
(c) She becomes ruler of Thebes.
(d) She blinds herself.

4. In the opening of the Background, Laius has kidnapped, assaulted and murdered ______ son?
(a) Eteocles'.
(b) Pelops'.
(c) Polyneices'.
(d) Oedipus'.

5. Why is Eteocles considered to be an illegal king?
(a) He is not originally from Thebes.
(b) He is not old enough to be king.
(c) He broke his agreement with his brother.
(d) He is not married.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the genre of Seven Against Thebes?

2. Where does Eteocles go to prepare for war?

3. Who does the King of Thebes address in the city?

4. The image of Thebes is considered the ______ of its citizens.

5. After Oedipus' death, who rules the city of Thebes?

Short Essay Questions

1. Was the decision between Eteocles and Polyneices to share time as king of Thebes a fair and just agreement? Explain.

2. Who says, "If the gods [demand] evil, no man can evade it?" To whom is this character saying that to? What is this character referring to?

3. Why does the Chorus speak of Jocasta in part 4?

4. What is the importance of the Oracle of Apollo?

5. Why do you think Eteocles makes no comment regarding the attacking general Eteoklos but immediately sends out his general?

6. Why does the Chorus give an ode at the end of part 3?

7. How is Eteocles' story and actions echo Oedipus' story and actions?

8. What is the significance of the seventh battle?

9. Were Oedipus and Jocasta's reaction to their incestuous relations justified? Explain.

10. Describe Laius' reaction to the Oracle's foreshadowing of Oedipus' life. Was his reaction justified? Explain.

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